June 30, 2012
Minnesota junior Kyler Van Swol finished ninth in the semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 52.74 on the sixth day of the U.S. Olympic Trials at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. Van Swol barely missed making an appearance in the finals, as he concluded the event just .22 seconds behind the eighth-place finisher.
Van Swol was not the only Gopher to compete in a semifinal Saturday night, as former Minnesota standout Michael Richards clocked a time of 22.50 to place 13th overall in the 50-meter freestyle semifinals.
Earlier in the day, Van Swol advanced to the semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly after clocking a time of 52.77 in the preliminaries, which placed him eighth overall, while Richards earned a spot in the semifinals of the 50-meter freestyle by finishing 15th overall with a time of 22.66.
Three additional Gophers joined Richards in the preliminaries of the 50-meter freestyle, including junior Derek Toomey, who finished in a three-way tie for 36th overall with a time of 23.01. Former swimmer Colin Lee-To finished tied for 106th on the day after posting a time of 23.55, and recent graduate Zach Bolin finished in 24.39 to place 166th overall.
Tomorrow morning's preliminary schedule includes the 1,500-meter freestyle, while the evening will include finals for the 100-meter butterfly and the 50-meter freestyle.
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